Monday, December 16, 2013

Purgatory by Ken Bruen

Purgatory by Ken Bruen - 272 pages
10th in the Jack Taylor series

Jack's life seems to have turned a corner.  He obtained an unexpected windfall that has him in comfortable digs for the first time in a long time.  Jack is also facing the world sober which is quite a departure from the past.  Unfortunately Jack isn't able to leave his old life behind because a serial killer leaves notes drawing him into a web of deception and brutal killings.  Bruen's sparse writing style is noir at its best and the descriptions are so vivid that Galway, Ireland is a character of its own.  I alternately love and hate this series because it takes the reader along on such a heart wrenching journey as we see the world through the fractured prism of  Jack's tortured soul.

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